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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
In Hills of Exile by McNonwuun, we meet Isaac Kline. He was a promising bio-medical student when he was offered the opportunity to join a research team. Isaac was horrified when he realized he had helped to create the poison that would be used to destroy his own people. A short time later, Isaac received a letter from his father explaining that he was adopted. The Jewish people were being rounded up and taken to concentration camps. Isaac saw an opportunity to help what he would always consider his people. His plan was to join the German army and help some of the Jewish people, but his plan failed. He embraced his wife’s Christian faith and together they escaped Germany and traveled to North Africa where he became a Christian witness to the Zong people. The people were intolerant of the Christian faith; they were violent and barbaric. Despite the frequent beatings, Isaac knew this was his calling, to witness to the people of Zong.
Hills of Exile is a beautiful read. This is the first book in the Hills of Exile series. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I chose this book. The more I read, the more engrossed I became. McNonwuun is an amazing writer; he let this story tell itself. Even through the brutal scenes, McNonwuun kept the pace even and smooth. The descriptions were vivid but not overdone. Issac Kline was a great character. I liked him and Nora. They worked well together and I found it gratifying to watch their self-sacrificing manner. Hills of Exile has a strong Christian message. The ending was well done. I look forward to the next book in this series.